PLC Controls Engineer


Plymouth, United Kingdom
Job Type
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Kawasaki Precision Machinery are looking to recruit a PLC Controls Engineer to join their expanding team.

Established in 1968 the Precision Machinery division of Kawasaki has been at the forefront of hydraulic technology and development for nearly 50 years. Today the Kawasaki brand is synonymous with quality and innovation in hydraulic pumps, motors, valves and complete systems across the whole spectrum of applications.

Reporting to the Production Engineering Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and development of all factory control systems. In line with Business & Engineering strategy the successful candidate will ensure that the company is utilising the latest best practice, which will lead to continually innovating processes to improve Quality, Production and reduce Production costs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The job holder will be required to support all the electronic, PLC and software systems within the manufacturing department. These will include systems such as electronic standard operating procedures, automated data farming, visual inspection systems and future production machining and assembly automation.
  • Responsible for maintenance and support of all Mitsubishi PLC control units on site and their associated IP network linkages to SQL databases on the company server system.
  • Responsible for programming of all new PLCs and associated peripheral devices that are introduced into the production environment.
  • In addition to support tasks, the engineer will be responsible for developing new IT-based assembly and test systems to improve productivity and quality.
  • Heavily involved in productivity-related projects, such as electronic OEE collection, control charts and front end visual control software. This will be written in a high level programming language, preferably Microsoft Visual Studio languages.
  • The data capture and manipulation of SQL databases on SQL server would be advantageous.
  • As the primary Controls Engineer you will be expected to participate in many improvement project teams. This will involve technical input to projects on electronic & software systems and methods.
  • Shall specify, install and commission capital equipment in line with the business requirements – including PLC automation and other software-based tasks.
  • Ensure that the software or PLC automation process is capable and in control by using SPC to monitor key product & process characteristics, identifying violations and assisting in remedial actions.
  • Support continuous improvement, helping in the collection of electronic process performance data such as OEE and working with the production team to improve the throughput of key constraint/bottleneck processes using new and innovative technology.

Key Activities:

  • Update and maintain all existing PLC control systems and be responsible for the PLC programs held on those systems.
  • Develop new systems in line with production requirements.
  • Lead in the procurement (CEA) of Capital investment for production automation via software and electronic PLC controls and new technology.
  • Investigate new technologies and methods to help innovate processes.
  • Lead problem solving – arriving at the conclusions necessary using appropriate tools and techniques (Six Sigma, Lean, SPC tools).
  • Support all 5S & continuous improvement activities.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Production line performance - Be able to respond to production priorities and production performance measures to keep lines working.
  • OEE - Maximum available time on PLC controlled machines.
  • Cycle time reduction - reduce time on automation machines & Production automation improvements.
  • Cost reduction - process innovation.
  • Production automation procurement - TPM improvements

Essential Experience / Qualifications Required:

  • Electronics training to at Least HNC
  • PLC programming, ladder logic and electronic integration of systems
  • Experience in use of signal processing or data acquisition software tools
  • Integrating systems over networks
  • Software experience in modern programming languages
  • Lean tools and techniques

Desirable Experience / Qualifications:

  • Degree or higher in Electronics, physics, manufacturing or Electronic Systems with concentration in Electronic and Software disciplines
  • Full training in Mitsubishi PLC control systems
  • Demonstrable signal acquisition or processing experience
  • IP Network applications across multiple locations or sites
  • SQL programming experience
  • Mechanical/Material design experience
  • Green or Black belt 6Sigma or LEAN expert
  • Hydraulic system knowledge

Kawasaki Precision Machinery offer competitive salaries with excellent career progression, training opportunities as part of a multi national group and is an Investors in People accredited employer. Other benefits include generous holiday entitlements, employer pension contributions and life assurance, and free car parking at our attractive river side facilities.

With the introduction of new products, this is an exciting time to join our Japanese Multi National business as we look to the future.

If you are an experienced PLC Controls Engineer, and are currently looking for a new challenge, then please submit an up to date CV by using the ‘apply’ button below.

For an informal chat please phone 01752 252533 and ask for Samantha Luxton. Many thanks for your interest.

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